Due to the ongoing pandemic, many staff have been reassigned to the agency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response. For faster service, make your request in person or by mail at a Minnesota county vital records office. Or order online through VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.
If you were born in another state, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website.
Where do I buy a Minnesota birth certificate?You have three options:
- From any Minnesota county vital records office.
Check with the county office close to you about their services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. County offices may print a birth certificate order while you wait.
Birth records from before 1900 are available only from the county of birth or from the Minnesota Historical Society.
If you have a parent notice, you can use it to buy the birth certificate.
If you need to change a birth certificate after you buy one, you must request an amendment. And you must request an amendment if you need to change the certificate after the child’s first birthday. See our Birth Record Amendments webpage.
- From the Office of Vital Records.
The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. We accept applications by mail or fax.
- From VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.
VitalChek is a secure vital records processing service. A number of Minnesota county vital records offices offer the option of ordering and paying for certificates online through VitalChek. You may order certificates for births or deaths that occurred in any Minnesota county. VitalChek charges an additional fee for this service, and accepts all major credit cards. We do not endorse any other internet ordering service.
Birth certificate request forms
- Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
- Solicitud de copia certificada del acta de nacimiento - Spanish (PDF)
- Codsiga Shahaadada Dhalshada - Somali (PDF)
- Daim Ntawv Thov Ntawv Pov Thawj Yug - Hmong (PDF)
- Birth Certificate Application in the Karen Language (PDF)
Sign your application form in front of a notary public before you send your request by mail or fax. The Office of Vital Records returns request forms that do not have a notary signature and stamp or seal. We also return incomplete forms or requests not paid in full at the time of application.
If the birth record is confidential, the law specifies who may buy a certified copy.
For more information, see our Certificate Eligibility webpage.
Fees and payment
- One birth certificate costs $26.
- Fees for birth certificates are the same at all vital records offices statewide.
- Vital records offices will not process requests for certificates without payment.
- Your payment must cover the certificates and services you request.
- Payment options vary from county to county. Some counties may not accept payment by credit card.
- Fees are non-refundable. Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.
Office of Vital RecordsThe Office of Vital Records accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check, or money order. Make the check or money order payable to the Minnesota Department of Health. Send your check or money order by mail with the application. The Office of Vital Records deposits payments upon receipt.
Birth certificates and REAL ID
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to May 1, 2023. When you apply for your REAL ID, you must provide documents required by federal law. One document you can use is a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you were born in Minnesota, request your birth certificate now, and avoid the rush. If you were born in another state, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website.
Office of Vital Records processing timesAs of September 21, 2021, the Office of Vital Records is mailing birth certificates from applications received on or before:
- September 15, 2021 - regular processing
- September 20, 2021 - rush processing
The Office of Vital Records deposits fees the same day it receives them; this is before we complete your request.